Prednisone and vertigo

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Ginny
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   Posted 4/15/2010 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone experience vertigo when they're on high doses of prednisone? I did a 3 day course of 1250mg earlier in the week and I'm still experiencing quite a bit of balance/dizziness stuff. It's an awful feeling. I think I look drunk when I walk!

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   Posted 4/15/2010 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   

HOLY TAMOLLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that's a lot of predisone. I can't say i have ever had that happen to me but with that much steroids it wouldn't surprise me. I have had almost pschycotic episodes when i have been on major doses of the stuff. Which is why I won't take large doses even if the doc says to. Do you have a walker? You may want to use one until it clears up. You don't need to fall and cause more injury.

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Ginny
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   Posted 4/15/2010 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Carol! No, I don't have anything to help me stay upright. It's making me nauseated. I think I've underestimated how crazy powerful a dose like this is. Might take a few more days to normalize. I never, ever want to do this again. I promise not to fall and hurt myself smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 4/15/2010 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Ginny,
 
It sounds like you did solumedrol.  I have done that lovely 1250 mgs!  It is crazy making stuff.  You might check your blood sugar.  It can make you temporarily diabetic at that dose.  Some even need insulin while on high dose steroids.  I hope this is very temporary and you can get some relief soon. 
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   Posted 4/15/2010 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
For nausea I have had success with ginger.  You can eat the crystal ginger or just make some tea with fresh ginger in it.  I have chronic vertigo.  I have gotten used to it over the years.  When I flare, I can also have nausea.  When it is really bad my doctor has prescribed valium with meclizine.  That knocks me out for a bit but I feel better.  Its like being on a boat huh?  Awful stuff.
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Ginny
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   Posted 4/16/2010 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Gretchen,

I did a course of solumedrol last December. This go-round was oral prednisone. Holy metal mouth batman!!! LOL. The vertigo is somewhat better today, but it comes on suddenly which is not pleasant. Yep, it's like being on boat. I'm so glad it was only 3 days.

Thanks for the tip with the ginger! I'll give that a try smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 4/19/2010 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Ginny how is the vertigo doing? I hope you aren't all banged up. Did you get over what they put you on it for? I've done the salumedrol in hospital before. 2000 a day but I didn't get out of bed. If I did as much predisone as they had you on I'd probably be in a rubber room. Man did all your hair fall out or anything?tongue

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PattyLatty
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   Posted 4/20/2010 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Ginny, that sounds awful!!! I really just can't imagine taking that much prednisone. I hate the stuff so much. Glad your vertigo is somewhat better.

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Ginny
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   Posted 4/20/2010 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
The vertigo is gone now, thank goodness! I did lose a little bit of hair, but not much. Just a larger clump in the tub drain. The pred did nothing to correct the optic neuritis. So that pretty much confirms that the damage in my eye is permanent and won't be improved. I see my neurologist on Friday to talk about it.

I do feel better though. It kicked the flare up I was in. Hope the effects last a while now!

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   Posted 4/20/2010 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I got vertigo off prednisone too at high doses. I also devoloped purple strea (which was ironically diagnosed by this group and I went to doctor and had it comfirmed LOL). I also got lots of muscle cramps and spasms. Warning, DO NOT stop this medication all at once you have to be weened off. Also, with being diabetic, I am too. Prednisone raises your bloodsugar. I was hospitalized at first, and they wanted to put me on a sliding scale of insulin so I told them where to put it and let me handle my bloodsugar. They tested me and I go "what am I?" according to what my bloodsugar was is what I'd order. I'd order salads and other freebies for meals when I was on the higher end of bloodsugar. I would carb count too. Females should typically have 3 to 4 units of carbs a meal (15 carbs is one unit). So if I was like 250 for bloodsugar, I would only make sure I had 2 units of carbs as I knew I didnt need lots. I got my bloodsugar under control and they didnt put me on insulin :) Be sure to check your blood sugar more than usual while on this. There's also a medication I took that helped me with vertiago..I cant remember what it was
 
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okie
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   Posted 4/21/2010 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Dizzy, I'm so dizzy my head is spinnin, Like a whirl pool it never ends your making me dizzy!
Sorry Ginny I was just thinkin about ya. What are they going to do about your eyes?
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Ginny
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   Posted 4/21/2010 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Carol, well, there isn't anything that can be done for my eyes. It's permanent damage. I see my neuro on Friday to talk about it all. I think I'll have to get used to what I see out that one eye. Or what I don't see out of it. LOL.

In any case, I need to get new contact lenses and glasses. The prescription has changed hugely in the right eye. I'm ticked because just last August I got new glasses and they cost me a lot of money. So now, I have to get new ones again. I'm ticked!!!!

thanks for checking in on my situation Carol. Maybe I'll buy a cool pirate patch.
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   Posted 4/22/2010 10:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey I wear those priate patches LOL! I got that eye tumor (go figure, what do I not have) I like custom eye patches (and yes they have a link)
 
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